If you had $661,000 to spare, you could’ve been the owner of a nearly perfect copy of Super Mario Bros. for the NES. Instead, it was had for $660K via Heritage Auctions.
This particular game reportedly dates back to 1986, when it was bought as a Christmas gift — and never opened. It supposedly sat in a desk drawer for 34 years. “I never thought anything about it,” the seller, who asked to remain anonymous, told the auction house.
As Engadget wrote: “The $660,000 this copy of Super Mario Bros. sold for is crazy when you consider the Nintendo PlayStation, a one-of-a-kind prototype representing a unique piece of gaming history, sold for $360,000 at auction last year. More recently, someone paid $156,000 to buy a pristine copy of Super Mario Bros. 3. It makes you wonder how much the owner would have walked away with had they simultaneously tried to cash in on the NFT craze somehow.”
Yeah, crazy is a good word for it. But kind of cool, too. That is, if you enjoy super expensive trips to Mushroom Kingdom.